The School of Performing Arts brings together students and faculty who share their passion for the arts and provides opportunities for creativity, scholarship, and real world experience.
Our dedicated faculty members are seasoned professionals who are deeply connected to the arts community. They are focused on helping students reach their dreams and aspirations and offer extensive professional expertise and networks. The department is extremely influential in the Fargo-Moorhead arts community, through active faculty involvement in professional music and theatre groups. Every year the department sponsors exceptional student performances, nationally recognized visiting artists and several community outreach events.
Our graduates enjoy rich and varied careers in theatre, music, education and arts industries. The department is a vibrant community of passionate artists who provide immersive and collaborative hands-on learning combined with one-on-one mentorship in the classroom, the studio, on stage, and on- and off-campus performance opportunities.
Students benefit from a variety of vocal and instrumental ensemble opportunities such as Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Combos, and private lessons for voice, instruments and composition. Students will grow professionally and personally through involvement in the University Theatre Series and The Straw Hat Players.
The School of Performing Arts honors tradition while embracing innovation to deliver rigorous and progressive programs that help our students realize their potential as passionate leaders in their creative work and to develop their talents into a career—and life—in the world of the arts.
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Saturday, April 22 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre On Saturday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Theatre, the School of Performing Arts presents a dynamic dance concert featuring the work of student dancers and choreographers, including ballet, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, musical theatre styles and tap. For tickets, go to mnstate.edu/tickets, or visit or […]
Dr. Kenyon Williams, Professor of Music, will perform this Friday at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Dr. Williams will be performing a composition he commissioned in 2011 from New York composer Cort Lippe, “Duo for Tenor Steel Pan and Computer.” The work will be […]
Friday, April 21 | 3 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall Rachel Childers, 2nd horn with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, joins flutist Tiana Grise, Music, for a Convocation of wind chamber music Friday, April 21, at 3 p.m. in Fox Recital Hall in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts. Other performers are Sam Childers, bassoon; […]
April 5-8 | 7:30 p.m. | Gaede Stage Challenging production transforms Gaede Stage into 20-ton pool of water Ovid’s mythological tales undergo dramatic transformation by contemporary, award-winning director/playwright Mary Zimmerman in a production of Metamorphoses, presented by the MSUM School of Performing Arts April 5 to 8 on the Gaede Stage in the Roland Dille Center […]
Saturday, April 22 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre